The album is finally here.

The album that ive waiting for has finally arrived! Bought at hmv, i good a little goodie with the purchase: A poster! Woot!

 

Im surprised that this album would ultimately be the US version. The copy that HMV acquired, i expected that it would be the Hong Kong or Taiwan version, that mirrors almost that to the Japanese copy. The Japanese copy has 2 bonus remix tracks of  ‘Come Back to Me’, unlike the US one. Also the track arrangements are very different from both versions. But nonetheless, i love all her songs and she really does a great job in making this latest album of hers a success. In fact, i checked in Amazon.com sales and its in the top 200 digital downloads! I guess this is a great success for her and im sure she will do even better when the albums reaches North American shores later in May.

You know, ive listen to the album soo many times now and im starting to really like this particular track: This One (Crying Like a Child). Click on the title to sample the track.

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Utada Hikaru’s latest album: This is the One

Utada’s latest, entirely english album, (her third attempt in breaking into the western market) has finally been released in Japan, and will be released in the US in May. I managed to sample her album before buying it and i must say its a great improvement from her previous all-english album. Its much more mature and more contemporary and it really sets a new milestone in her career that she do have the potential to break new grounds in the western market. The downside for me its the lyrics composition. I dunno but i feel that it can be improved alot more. Though the songs are catchy, but it feel that it doesnt really connect with the listeners, when it comes to how she composes her songs lyrically, especially if she is trying to connect to the english audiences. The album manages to debut at no 3 on the Oricon charts on its first week of release, quite a dissapoint really given the fact this would be her first album (excluding the previous english album release) to NOT top the charts on the week of release. But then again, you can really blame the quality of the tracks, perhaps its more difficult to market an all-english album to the Japanese market.  Perhaps they are waiting to see if it is really good to make their perchase. Also mind you that the charts only track physical album sales and not digital sales like from Itunes, which in the past have dominated the charts from within, from the recent singles that she has released so far.

So will she be able to dominate the airwaves in the States, only time will tell. But i feel that it would be an uphill task. Her biggest assets would be her roots, and maybe, just maybe a fresh face and voice would give her the break she needs. 

 

Her new album features 10 all-new tracks including 2 remixes.

1.“On and On”  

2.“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – FYI” (Samples Ryuichi Sakamoto song with the same name.)

3.”Apple and Cinnamon”  

4.”Taking My Money Back” 

5.”This One (Crying Like a Child)”  

6.”Automatic Part II”  

7.”Dirty Desire”  

8.”Poppin'”  

9.”Come Back to Me”  

10.”Me Muero”  

Click on the above links to sample the songs.

Come Back to Me, By Utada Hikaru

Okay, let me just scream like a girl for a sec. AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!! Its almost here! Utada Hikaru’s latest album, AN ENGLISH ALBUM, due to release in March 2009.

You can listen to the single from the upcoming album entitled “Come Back to Me” by clicking on the picture below!

Super duper big fan of Utada Hikaru! I swear if she comes to singapore for a concert tour, I will definitely go to her concert no matter what the cost!

 

PRESS RELEASE:

UTADA TO UNVEIL NEW SINGLE “COME BACK TO ME”

 

(January 21 -New York, NY) In the small world of pop artists who write their own music enters the big voice of artist/songwriter Utada who is set to reveal her new single “Come Back to Me” this month.  Utada, already one of the world’s biggest recording artists, will release her new album on March 24, 2009 on The Island Def Jam Music Group. 
 
“Come Back to Me”, the soulful yet energetic ballad produced by the hitmaking team Stargate (Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Beyonce), will officially debut on pop radio on February 9th and will be available via iTunes. The sparkling, mid-tempo hit showcases the 26-year-old singer’s powerful husky-sweet vocals and natural effervescence, placing her indisputably into the landscape with major female artists like Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna and Mariah Carey. 
 
Utada’s forthcoming album is comprised of 10 self-penned songs recorded with top producers Stargate and Tricky (Britney Spears, Madonna, Mariah Carey). Recording took place in New York, Atlanta and Tokyo.
 
On creating the album Utada comments, “I like to make music that’s mutli-layered. You might just want to dance, without really diving into the lyrics. And then if you like words, you might notice the references I make to Captain Picard or Winona Ryder. Both things are equally important to me—to be catchy, so when you hear it on the radio it sticks out, and to have that depth. ”
 
Producer Stargate comments, “Working with Utada was great. She walks in, has confidence about her, integrity, and a voice that you can’t believe. We were really blown away.” 
  
Born and raised in Manhattan and educated at Columbia University, Hikaru Utada had strong ties to Japan as her father, Utada Teruzane, was an accomplished musician and producer and her mother, Keiko Fuji, was a successful Japanese enka (ballad) singer. With such a musically prolific family, Utada would reside between New York City and Tokyo and the recording studio literally became her second home. By age 11, Utada had written and recorded her first song. By the time she graduated from junior high school, the bi-lingual singer had signed onto a major record label EMI and released her first Japanese album.  With a number of album and single releases over the last ten years in Japan, the young star has become one of the most successful and acclaimed pop singers in Japanese music history with record sales of over 52 million.      
 
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Utada Hikaru’s Heart Station Album Out!!!

Utada’s latest album, “Heart Station” is officially out!!

The album features a total of 13 tracks, including a bonus track “Flavor of Life”. There are 6 new never before heard titles and 7 songs featured in past single releases, such as “Beautiful World“, “Kiss & Cry” and “Heart Station“.

I have had the opportunity to preview the album and i must say, this has to be another mega hit album for Utada. No doubt this is gonna be a bestselling album for weeks to come. The tune of “Heart Station” is addicting and fresh, while Beautiful World reminds of Eva 1.0 vividly, a fitting song for one of the greatest anime remakes in history.

The intro track, “Fight the Blues” truly shows Utada’s strong character and her unique songwriting skills. You can listen to a preview by clicking here.

After listening to her latest album, it is ensured that Utada has not lost any of her music writing skills and that she is able to keep her songs fresh, robust and flexible. Being able to sing songs beyond her comfortable genre of music types shows that she is not afraid to set new standards for herself.

Want to listen to more of Utada’s latest tracks? Well i can only release one more for preview and that would be…… gosh all of them are great tracks… i cant seem to choose…. oh well ill let you guys preview this track called “Prisoner of Love

Click the above link to listen to the preview, but promise me that you will purchase her album if you like it. It should be available locally in Singapore real soon, so just be patient!

Evangelion 1.0 You are (Not) Alone coming to town…

Ok i seriously need to head down to town more often. Im missing out lots of juicy and interesting news lately. Just this evening, i was heading to Cineleisure with my friends to have some lan gaming fun when, to my shock, i spotted an ad of Evangelion 1.0 movie on the first floor of the mall.

O RLY?!

YA RLY! Yes its true, its exactly what ive said. The movie is indeed coming to town. The franchise that started a social phenomenon in Japan years ago is coming to theaters right hereT Too bad i didnt have camera to prove it to you guys but im dead sure the ad is there. I cant remember the release date for the movie but if im not wrong its 13 March 2008.

The remake to the original blockbuster classic that redefines Mecha animation today is the 1st of 4 movies to be shown here. I need to reconfirm the official release date again. It happened so fast… we were rushing to out destination when this Evangelion poster caught my eye. It was crowded at that time and i didnt had the time to stop and take a closer look. It was quite big, covering the entire length of the mall’s pillar near the entrance.

I can already hear Utada’s featured song, “Beautiful World” being played through the theater’s powerful speakers… What good music!!

On a side note, A Death Note movie spin off, “L Change the World” is coming to theaters on 21st February 2008. I hope its good. I love the manga and the movies are not bad either .Im definitely gonna catch this when it comes out. At least it will relieve my impatient wait for Eva to arrive.

Utada Hikaru’s Heart Station PV out! Single Coming soon!

 After the recent release of Stay Gold song by Utada for the latest Asience Hair shampoo commercial debut last December, a new single has emerged. Entitled Heart Station, its PV was released and aired on Japanese TV station on 4th February 2008 and i must say its sounding (and looking) darn goood! The Heart Station/Stay Gold single would be released on the 20th February 2008, featuring both Heart Station and Stay Gold tracks. Utada fans out there, mark your calenders to grab her latest single!

This is the PV to Heart Station. Chorus is catchy indeed!

For those who wish to sample the song, click here.

Its  been a while since Utada release a new album, but fret not. You can look forward to Utada’s 5th Japanese Album on the 19 March 2008, under the same name as the latest single, Heart Station. It would feature 6 songs from the previous singles released, including Beautiful World, Boku wa Kuma, Flavor of Life and Kiss & Cry. Another 7 original never before heard songs will be on the album itself, making a total of 13 tracks. Im definitely gonna get my hand on that album, seeing how good Heart Station, Kiss & Cry and Beautiful World sounds.